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Quotes of the Day for 13 September 2004 – Manners

Judith Sylvia Perlman was born at Washington City on this day in 1938. She grew up there and in various foreign capitals; her father was an economist with the United Nations. She graduated from Wellesley College, and went to work for the Washington Post. She started as a reporter, then became a theatre and movie critic, and after becoming Judith Martin was a founding member of the Post's Style section. In 1978 she started taking questions from readers on the subject of etiquette under the byline Miss Manners.

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The quotes:

Good manners have much to do with the emotions. To make them ring true, one must feel them, not merely exhibit them.
     - Amy Vanderbilt

Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter what fork you use.
     - Emily Post

Good manners and soft words have brought many a difficult thing to pass.
     - John Vanbrugh

We are all born charming, frank, and spontaneous and must be civilized before we are fit to participate in society.
     - Judith Martin

You can't be truly rude until you understand good manners.
     - Rita Mae Brown

Chaperons don't enforce morality; they force immorality to be discreet.
     - Judith Martin


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